"Drop In" beavertail, skeleton hammer, tactical safety for SA Milspec 1911?


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Nitrogen
November 20, 2007, 12:14 AM
Looking for some parts I can fit myself, if possible.
I'd love to know if anyone knows of specific beavertail grip safety, Skeleton Hammer and Extended tactical thumb safety that can fit on a Stainless Milspec Springfield Armory 1911.

Any of you folks have any good examples?

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MICHAEL T
November 20, 2007, 01:42 AM
"Drop In" On a 1911 that means fitting Hammer and Safety for sure. Even a Wilson beaver tail might need some fileing
EB brown for safety and hammer

railroader
November 20, 2007, 02:29 AM
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=125355 Here's another thread. Mark

Tom Fury
November 20, 2007, 04:41 AM
While the Wilson "drop in" beavertail may work (functionally) on your SA, be advised the tangs are cut at a different angle and radius and it will not "fit" as well as it would on the Colt it was designed for. Smith and Alexander makes a beavertail (Not drop in) specifically to address this. Now that I think about it, Kings Gun works makes several styles of drop in BT that might do it for ya. Never tried them in a SA.
I know of no aftermarket extended safety which is drop in, You might get away with a Para factory one, if you can live with the style, or a Colt if you can find one ($$$), maybe a Kimber factory from ebay? They will be fitted to work with a production gun already and will probably "work". Though have found it not too difficult to fit one. Kuhnhausen manual is helpful, but its' a bit tricky.
Chip McCormick hammer will "drop in", or there are several "Triggerjob in a package" options available (Cylinder & Slide comes to mind; see Brownells; Their catalogue is a great one stop resource for finding "whats' out there"; you really must get one!).
I used to like to use the McCormick drop in hammer (may as well get the sear too) and replace the GM grip safety with a "pigtail" Commander safety as an interim until I could get a gunsmith to install a BT.
Cheers, TF

Nitrogen
November 20, 2007, 03:00 PM
Gotcha.

I'll probably let a gunsmith do the hammer/grip safety. I think I'd rather spend the money and get one of those high riding ed-brown styles anyway, the more that I think about it.

How about the thumb safety? I'd really like to add one of those extended tactical safeties. How hard are those to fit if necessary? (not an ambi, just a regular.) The stock safety is a bit rough to manipulate.

Canuck-IL
November 20, 2007, 04:17 PM
It's kind of a chain of needs ... if you're changing to a Commander style, ring hammer, you need a beavertail that'll allow it to clear when cocked. If changing the hammer, it's crazy not to get a new sear as well. Now you need either a matched set (Cylinder and Slide, Dave Berryhill, EGW, etc.) and hope they really do drop in (depends on frame specs, often they do but absolutely no guarantee there) or you get an uncut pair and pay for a trigger job.

A decent beavertail will require grinding down the tangs and SAs use an unconventional radius. So not all BTs fit equally well without welding the tangs up first.

Now that you have a hammer, sear and beavertail in place, then you fit the thumb safety. It is often necessary to do some minor fitting to get a positive click and a complete block on the sear.

A couple of sites that give you an overview of what you're getting into. Especially the pros and cons of different brand BTs with SA frames.
http://www.harrisoncustom.com/TextDesc/Beavertail.htm

http://www.blindhogg.com/gunsmithing.html
/Bryan

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